Cannes Sets 2003 Jury; Special Events Planned for 56th Cannes Fest
by Eugene Hernandez
With one week until the 2003 Cannes official selection is announced, festival chief Gilles Jacob has unveiled the jury for the feature competition in Festival de Cannes (May 14-25). Filmmaker Patrice Chereau will serve as jury president, while his jurors will be actors Aishwarya Rai from India, Jean Rochefort from France, Meg Ryan from the United States, and Karin Viard from France, along with Italian writer Erri De Luca. Also on the jury are filmmakers Steven Soderbergh from the U.S., Danis Tanovic from Bosnia, and Jiang Wen from China. The jury will announce their selections at the Cannes closing ceremony on May 25 in France.
Emir Kusturica has been named to head the short film and cinefondation jury for the Festival de Cannes. The director, a graduate of the Prague film school, FAMU, has won the Palme d'Or twice, for "When Father Was Away on Business" in 1985 and "Underground" in 1995.
As plans come together for the 56th Festival de Cannes, Jenny Holzer has been tapped to design the official poster for the event. Known for her installation work involving text, the artist will, at sundown each night, project words onto a number of screens at the Palais, the beach, and in the Suquet neighborhood. Also, music will play on the Croisette in honor of a number of famous film composers. On May 19, a special public concert will welcome composers Bruno Coulais, Nicola Piovanni, and Michael Nyman. Piovanni will present a music master class on May 20.
Another special series will be a nightly open-air cinema, dubbed the "Cinema de la Plage." The venue will screen new prints from this year's Fellini retrospective as well as out-of-competition features and shorts.
"In 2003, the Festival will offer the film-going public, along with the Cannes public, numerous pathways which will lead to the heart of the events, living the moment as full participants and in the rhythm of the Festival," organizers said in a prepared statement.
The 2003 Cannes Film Festival will open on May 14 with Gerard Krawczyk's "Fanfan la Tulip." It was written by Jean Cosmos and Luc Besson from the original script by Rene Fallet, Rene Wheeler, Christian-Jacque, and Henri Jeanson and stars Vincent Perez and Penelope Cruz. It will be screened out of competition and open theatrically on the same day as the fest's opening ceremony.
While selections for the event will not be announced until April 23, organizers did confirm recently that "The Matrix Reloaded" will screen out of competition on May 15 with cast and crew on hand.
[indieWIRE is planning to launch its special Cannes section next week and will publish daily coverage of the festival in May.]